As we enter into the new year we welcome the opportunity for personal growth and development. Certainly there is no better path toward self improvement than through the pages of a good book. In the hopes of leading a national dialog in particular on the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion in outdoor recreation, environmental conservation and social justice we are proud to announce the creation of an online book club called The Joy Trip Reading Project.
Organized primarily through the web-based platform Goodreads the JTRP aims to encourage the reading and discussion of books by authors who identify as Black, Indigenous or Persons of Color. These writers and educators have a speciality in exploring the intersection of the natural world and the cultural identities of the human beings that live within it. With a focus on those whose experiences in the outdoors are traditionally marginalized due to racial discrimination, this discussion group will address the root causes of the inequities of access to wild places.
Each month through 2021 members of the club will engage in discussion on a specific title. If the author is willing we will have the opportunity to experience a live, interactive forum on their book moderated by journalist James Edward Mills via a Zoom conference.